Canada's Toews emerges from Crosby's shadow

Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:19pm EST
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By Julian Linden

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - While he may not get the same accolades or the fanatical following that Sidney Crosby enjoys, Jonathan Toews is also proving himself to be Canada's man for every moment.

On Sunday, Toews scored the winning goal in Canada's 3-0 win over Sweden in the gold medal game of the men's ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Toews also netted Canada's first goal in the final against the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Games although his score was later overshadowed by Crosby's overtime winner that decided the gold medal.

Crosby stole Toews's thunder again on Sunday when he scored his team's second goal on a breakaway before Chris Kunitz put the result beyond doubt with his first of the tournament.

"It's an amazing feeling to be part of a team like that, whether your role was big or small. We were just an amazing team to watch, the way we worked together and the way we were all over them. It was a fun team to be a part of," Toews said.

"You look at the skill we have across our line-up and it is amazing to see the guys who have the raw talent and ability to commit themselves to doing all the little things right.

"We knew that is what it was going to take to win the championship."

Like all the Canadian players, Toews is used to being upstaged by Crosby even though he's quietly been building a resume that is just as impressive as his revered team mate.   Continued...

Canada's Jonathan Toews celebrates with his gold medal during the presentation ceremony after his team defeated Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor